Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Short-billed Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes nitidus)


French: Guit-guit à bec court German: Kurzschnabel-Naschvogel Spanish: Mielerito piquicorto

Cœreba nitida


, 1847,

northern Peru


Recent molecular work places this species in a clade with C. lucidus#R. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (from E base of Andes in Caquetá, Vaupés and Guainía) E to S Vene­zuela (Amazonas and NW & C Bolívar), Guyana and possibly Suriname#R and French Guiana, S through E Ecuador to NE Peru (S to Pasco, Huánuco and Ucayali) and W Brazil (E to E Amazonas and, S of R Amazon, to N Rondônia and extreme NW Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 8–10·2 g. Small honeycreeper with short and slender bill only slightly decurved near tip, with lower mandible almost straight; bill shortest in genus, only... read more


Call, in Peru, a short, high-pitched, rising “tsee”; in NE Brazil, “tsik tsik... read more


Humid terra firme forest and forest borders. In Venezuela occurs also in slightly less... read more

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known. Three stomachs contained only vegetable matter, including fruit and seeds. Shorter bill of this species may represent an... read more


No information.


Resident. No evidence that this species wanders widely at some seasons, as does C. cyaneus.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common, and widespread at rather low density. Should occur in a number of protected areas in Venezuela, SE Colombia, and... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Short-billed Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes nitidus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 6 December 2019).